Flossing involves the use of a thin thread (floss) to clean between teeth. There are various types of floss on the market, from simple floss, to dental tape, to chlorexidine coated dental tape.
Flossing is very important as this action helps remove bacteria and food between teeth, that would not otherwise be removed by toothbrushing or mouthwash. I always tell my patients that brushing will clean the front, the back and the biting surface of teeth, but not in between them. Furthermore mouthwash would not be able to penetrate between teeth if there was food debris. Therefore, flossing is absolutely essential and should be part of everyone’s daily oral hygiene routine.
Therefore, flossing should be done daily and it has to be done correctly in order to be effective.
For more information on the correct technique for flossing, come and see Rebecca for oral hygiene instructions.